Ahead of Pakistan's T20I series in the West Indies, we look back at some memorable encounters between the two sides.
Pakistan’s white-ball outfit is scheduled to feature in a five-match T20I series in the Caribbean following the conclusion of the tour of England. Traditionally, Pakistan have enjoyed loads of success against the West Indies in the shortest format, emerging victorious over them in 11 of the 14 T20Is between the two sides. Even when playing in the Caribbean isles, Pakistan have a sublime 5-2 win record over the two-time world champions. In fact, since West Indies’ triumphant campaign in the 2016 World T20, no team has beaten West Indies as often in T20Is as Pakistan have – 9 wins from 10 encounters.
However, the upcoming series presents a different challenge for the Green shirts, with most of West Indies’ big boys back in national colors. The hosts have kickstarted their World T20 preparations with back-to-back 10 T20Is against South Africa and Australia, 6 of which they won. Despite just under a week left before the first T20I at Barbados, we have still got enough time at our hands to reminisce over five memorable T20I bouts between Pakistan and West Indies. So, strap on your seatbelts as we take a trip down memory lane, from Port of Spain to Karachi and all the way to Dhaka.
Gros Islet, 2011 – West Indies won by 7 runs
In the first-ever T20I between the two teams, West Indies squeezed past a laid-back Pakistan side to clinch a seven-run victory. With the ejection of several senior statesmen from the squad, five debutants were fielded by the West Indian team management in order to plug the holes. Batting first, the hosts posted 150 runs on the board, courtesy of an impressive 99-run stand between Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo.
Pakistan, led by Shahid Afridi, staged a decent comeback to stem the flow of runs at the backend of the innings. In reply, Pakistan never really got going, losing Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez in quick succession. Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal tried their hands at pulling off a rescue act, but it was Devendra Bishoo who dented the tourists’ hopes with a career-best spell of 4/17. Pakistan’s lackluster performance with the bat would end up costing them.